Sunday, November 29, 2009

Animal Flash Cards

Last week we were learning about animal adaptations and habitats. I wanted to do something different this year. I had some animal flash cards that I has purchased earlier that had habitat, diet, location, etc. of animals. The flash cards had the same information that is in the textbooks, however, my students loved using the animal flash cards. Such a simple change made a difference in the enthusiasm level in the class. This made me look for other flash card activities. I found several HERE. I wouldn't use all of them--but I will use a couple of them in class. (I also did not buy the flashcards from this site as these cards were too juvenile for fourth-graders.)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Great Way to Recycle Subscription Cards for Fourth Graders

I hate those subsciption cards that come with magazines. There are sometimes 2 or 3 of them in one issue and I always think, "What a waste of paper!" I was visiting a recycling site when I saw a way to recycle those cards: Let students practice their writing on them. The author was suggesting that this activity is for first-graders to practice writing their names and addresses. My fourth-grade students love practicing their cursive writing and I will certainly be recycling my subscription cards with them!